This screening is part of the Newark Black Film Festival.

  • Locked Out, directed by Kate Davis and Luchina Fisher. (118 min). Not rated
    Owning a home – the cornerstone of generational wealth – is increasingly out of reach for people of color. In Detroit, a group of Black women fights against scammers, evictions, and traditional banks to help make The American Dream a reality for all.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Luchina Fisher and Laura Sullivan, Economic Justice Director of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.

Location: Billy Johnson Auditorium


Meet the Filmmakers

Luchina Fisher

Director, 'Locked Out'

Luchina Fisher is an award-winning director, writer and producer who works at the intersection of race, gender and identity. She is the founder and CEO of Little Light Productions. Her feature directorial debut MAMA GLORIA is a 2022 GLAAD Media Award nominee, won multiple festival jury awards, and was broadcast on PBS. Her latest film, the short documentary THE DADS, about five fathers of trans kids on a weekend fishing trip, premiered at SXSW in March. Her short documentary TEAM DREAM won the Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film at the Chicago International Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Pan African and TIDE film festivals and aired on BET. Her second feature LOCKED OUT, which she co-directed about the barriers to Black homeownership, just premiered at the Freep Festival in Detroit and heads next to the American Black Film Festival. Luchina was recently awarded the PitchBLACK Film Forum’s top prize for her new project about Black queer representation in music. In addition, she is the director of two scripted short films and has written and produced several nationally broadcast documentaries, including two episodes of the History channel series with President Bill Clinton. She also co-executive produced and co-wrote the critically acclaimed feature documentary Birthright: A War Story, which appeared in more than 70 theaters nationwide, qualified for Oscar consideration and streamed on Hulu.

Luchina began her career as a journalist and has written for People, the Miami Herald, The New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine and ABC News. Her work has been supported by Black Public Media, the Field Foundation, Sisters in Cinema, Brown Girl Doc Mafia, the Queen Collective, the Athena Film Festival’s Works in Progress Program, Firelight Media and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She also teaches documentary filmmaking at Yale University.

Kate Davis

Director, 'Locked Out'

Kate Davis was nominated for an Academy Award and won the Grand Prize at Doc NYC for her film, Traffic Stop. Her documentary, Southern Comfort won dozens of awards including the The Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, First Prize at Hot Docs and The Seattle Film Festival, The Grierson Award for Best Documentary and the Berlin Film Festival Special Jury Award.

Davis co-directed The Cheshire Murders for HBO and The Newburgh Sting (Peabody Award and Founder’s Prize at Traverse City Film Festival and was nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy).  She won an Emmy for Best Documentary with Jockey, and a Peabody Award for Stonewall Uprising.

Davis also directed Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland, the HBO documentary which won the NAACP Award for Best Documentary.  Recently, she co-directed the award-winning film, R.I.P. T-Shirts, for Paramount Plus.